Matthew 8:22
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New International Version
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

New Living Translation
But Jesus told him, "Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead."

English Standard Version
And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."

King James Bible
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

International Standard Version
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

NET Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said to him, “Come after me and let the dead bury their dead.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.

King James 2000 Bible
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

American King James Version
But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

American Standard Version
But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

English Revised Version
But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Weymouth New Testament
"Follow me," said Jesus, "and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

World English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and suffer the dead to bury their own dead.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:18-22 One of the scribes was too hasty in promising; he proffers himself to be a close follower of Christ. He seems to be very resolute. Many resolutions for religion are produced by sudden conviction, and taken up without due consideration; these come to nothing. When this scribe offered to follow Christ, one would think he should have been encouraged; one scribe might do more credit and service than twelve fishermen; but Christ saw his heart, and answered to its thoughts, and therein teaches all how to come to Christ. His resolve seems to have been from a worldly, covetous principle; but Christ had not a place to lay his head on, and if he follows him, he must not expect to fare better than he fared. We have reason to think this scribe went away. Another was too slow. Delay in doing is as bad on the one hand, as hastiness in resolving is on the other. He asked leave to attend his father to his grave, and then he would be at Christ's service. This seemed reasonable, yet it was not right. He had not true zeal for the work. Burying the dead, especially a dead father, is a good work, but it is not thy work at this time. If Christ requires our service, affection even for the nearest and dearest relatives, and for things otherwise our duty, must give way. An unwilling mind never wants an excuse. Jesus said to him, Follow me; and, no doubt, power went with this word to him as to others; he did follow Christ, and cleaved to him. The scribe said, I will follow thee; to this man Christ said, Follow me; comparing them together, it shows that we are brought to Christ by the force of his call to us, Ro 9:16.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let; Revised Version, leave. Yet the thought of leaving seems here merged in that of permitting (cf. Matthew 23:14; Mark 5:37; Mark 10:14). The dead (Revised Version, to) bury their (Revised Version, own) dead (τοὺς ἑαυτῶν νεκρούς). The paradox was self-interpreting. Let the spiritually dead have to do with death; dead men belong in a special sense to them. Observe that there was no danger of his father remaining unburied. Christ means that there are times when his service admits of no postponement, however sacred the conflicting duty. His followers must on such occasions be very Nazarites (Numbers 6:7) or high priests (Leviticus 21:11). St. Luke adds, "But go thou, and publish abroad the kingdom of God," and adds a third similar case.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Jesus said unto him, follow thou me,.... Christ would not excuse him on this account, but insists on what he had before called him to; to attend upon him, and give himself up to the ministry of the word: which was done, partly to shew, that a greater regard ought to be had to him, than to the nearest relation and friend whatever; and partly, on account of the dignity of the Gospel ministry, which greatly exceeds any such services; as also to signify, of what little account were the traditions of the elders with him; wherefore he says,

let the dead bury the dead. Our Lord is not to be understood, as speaking against, or disrespectfully of burying the dead; his words suppose it ought to be done: only it was not proper, that this person should be concerned in it at this time, who was called to an higher employment; and therefore should leave this to be done by persons, whom it better became. And however strange and odd such a phrase may sound in the ears of some, of one dead man's burying another, it was easily understood by a Jew; with whom it is common to say, , "that a sinner is counted as (g) dead, and that ungodly persons, even while they are alive", , are "called dead" (h). And in this sense is the word used, in the former part of this phrase; and Christ's meaning is, let such who are dead in trespasses and sins, and to all that is spiritually good, bury those who are dead in a natural or corporal sense. It is likely the deceased was an unregenerate man; however, it is plainly suggested, that many of the relations were; and there were enough of them to take care of this service: and therefore, there was no need why he should neglect the ministry of the Gospel to attend that; but, ought to leave it to persons who were fitter for it.

(g) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 6. 2.((h) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 18. 2. Jarchi in Genesis 11. 32. Baal Hatturim, in Deuteronomy 17.6. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 58. 3. Midrash Kohelet. fol. 78. 2. Caphtor, fol. 79. 1, 2. & 84. 1.



Matthew 8:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cost of Following Jesus
21Another of the disciples said to Him, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father." 22But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."
Cross References
1 Kings 19:20
Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye," he said, "and then I will come with you." "Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?"

Matthew 8:21
Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Mark 2:14
As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

Luke 9:59
He said to another man, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Luke 9:60
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Luke 15:24
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

John 1:43
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

John 21:19
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"

John 21:22
Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."
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But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

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Luke 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your …

Ephesians 2:1,5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your …

1 Timothy 5:6 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

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